Opposition Supporters Excluded can be construed as an election threat

The instructions to halt registration of opposition members and supporters under the poverty eradication programme by Perlis Menteri Besar Shahidan Kasim as reported by The Star today on page 8, smacks of arrogance and ignorance of the role of a state Official.

The students view his statement as a threat to opposition supporters in view of the upcoming elections, his excuses for doing so appear to flimnsy and unworthy of a government servant. It is discrimnation of the poor of the highest order.

We demand a public apology and a retraction of this blatanty threat in the interest of the people and the true spirit of democracy.

Stephen Dass
Majlis Pelajar Malaysia